Estonians are historically „forest people“. The experience of wooden building extends up to III millenium BC when the first known wooden building – the Koda, was erected. With that archaic and simple architectural form for living combined with traditions and habits the complex spirit which can be called the soul of estonians was developed.


Koda is one of the oldest Estonian words, originally meaning “place for living”, and it is linguistically very close to the words kodu (“home”) and koht (“place”). The archetypal koda in its original form is still in use, even though its basic purpose has changed. Over time, completely new types of koda have appeared: places for making music and meeting others, blacksmithing, worship, all of which shows how deep the Koda’s roots are in our culture.


The concept for this pavilion is based on that archetypal koda, which has been modernized in form and function. The Koda is a unit that can be given many different individual functions and can be grouped to create larger modular combinations. Koda can be private space (single room, kitchen, cabinet, sauna etc.), half private open space (garden house, outdoor kitchen, shed, bower, play house etc.) or public space (stage, kiosk, observation tower, camping etc.).


The size of Koda unit can be easily modified. The dimensions of the example projects are not categorical.

Design: Joel Kopli, Koit Ojaliiv, Kuu Architects LLC